Dec 16 6pm Weatherize DC Home Energy Festival

From: Philo C.
Sent on: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 2:48 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Washington DC Alternative Energy Nobel Peace Economics!

What: Dec 16 6pm Weatherize DC Home Energy Festival

When: December 16,[masked]:00 PM

Where:
Home Energy Festival
[masked]th ST NW
Washington, DC 20008

Sign in at
www.weatherizedc.org
for the Home Energy Festival -- a variety of homes are participating
[use zip code 20008 if you wish to go to the home I will be attending.
Note that address is optional, but zip code is mandatory.
Note also that there is no food at this event, but DuPont Circle has many eating places.]

Late yesterday WeatherizeDC.org called and assigned me to the
Home Energy Festival happening at
the home of
Karen Florini at
[masked]th Street NW, Washington DC,
near Massachusetts Ave NW,
on the west side of the DuPont Circle area -
Metro DuPont Circle North exit, Red Line.

Hope to see you there, Philo.

They said I could post to have more members of the meetup attend, as they are looking to expand their weatherization efforts in the city.

Ms. Florini is currently Director of Strategic Alliances for the Environmental Defense Fund's National Climate Campaign, focusing primarily on federal legislative matters.

Below is the description of the WeatherizeDC.org Home Energy Festival from their website:

Wednesday, December 16th will mark the largest mobilization for home energy efficiency in history. Homeowners from every neighborhood in Northwest DC will open up their homes and host their friends, family, and neighbors at a WeatherizeDC Home Energy Meeting!
A home energy meeting will help you learn more about the process of weatherization, your next steps as a homeowner or volunteer, and our opportunity as a community to build a model green city.
RSVP to learn more and get connected to your closest Energy Meeting Host with WeatherizeDC.org.

WeatherizeDC.org will be continuing their efforts throughtout the winter - the a preliminary goal of weatherizing 200 homes in the city from their direct efforts, and inspiring much more weatherization.

Weatherizing, and other conservation and lifestyle steps, are crucial to stop Global Warming and delay shortages of depleting fossil fuels. Renewalable energy goes well with weatherization and other reduction of usage steps.

Other events coming up.

December 17: Reducing Our Oil Imports Over the Next Decade
2:30 - 4:00 p.m in 902 Hart Senate Office Building. Please RSVP by calling the Clean Fuels Development Coalition at[masked], or email Carol Warren at [address removed].

The Clean Fuels Foundation and the Ethanol Across America education campaign invite you to a briefing on energy security saluting the anniversary of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN), Co-chairman of the Ethanol Across America Advisory Committee and an original sponsor of the RFS, will host the briefing. Former Director of Central Intelligence James Woolsey, Anne Korin, author of Energy Security Challenges For The 21st Century, and others will discuss national/energy security issues, the role of biofuels ,and advances in food and fuel production technologies.

January 26-28, 2010: EDTA Conference & Annual Meeting at the Washington Auto Show

The Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) invites you to its annual conference at the Washington Auto Show. TFeaturing - two general plenary sessions, 12 breakout sessions covering all aspects of the electric drive industry, and pre-conference workshops., as well as social and networking opportunities. By registering for the EDTA Conference, you will have full access to the Washington, DC Auto Show?including the ?Government Sneak Peek? on January 26. To register, visit www.electricdrive.org or call[masked] x 306.

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Writers: Josh Cornfeld, David Sher, and Amy Sauer

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Talks in Copenhagen Continue as Draft Climate Plan is Released

On December 7, delegates from over 190 nations met in Copenhagen for talks on a new global treaty to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Key issues being discussed are emissions reductions targets for both developed and developing countries, the level and means of financing a clean energy transition for poor nations, and strategies for reducing deforestation. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon noted that he has been active in discussions with key leaders. "I have been very consciously engaging with developing countries," he said. "Even if there have been some trust issues, we have been bridging this gap as much as we can. This is what I am going to continue to do."

On December 11, members of the Ad-hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action released a draft text just over six pages long. It stipulates that the world should seek to keep global temperatures from rising beyond a range of 2.7?3.6?F above pre-industrial levels. The text also offers a range of possible emissions reductions targets for developed countries by 2020 compared to 1990 levels: by a range of 25 to 40 percent; by 30 percent; by 40 percent; or by 45 percent. Major developing countries could reduce their GHG emissions 15 to 30 percent of 1990 levels by 2020. The draft also calls on rich nations to create fast-start financing over the next three years to help poor nations deal with climate change, but does not specify any amount. As the draft text was released, the European Union (EU) pledged to provide $10 billion to help poor nations over the next three years.

The conference concludes December 18 .At least 110 heads of state have committed to joining the summit as it draws to a close. President Obama announced that he would attend the talks on December 18, with the White House stating that ?continued U.S. leadership can be most productive through [Obama's] participation at the end of the Copenhagen conference.?

Current Climate Pledges Will Lead to a 3.5?C Rise

On December 6, the energy consultancy Ecofys and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research released a new report which found that if current greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction pledges are implemented, the global average temperature will likely increase by 3.5?C. Concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) would hit about 650 parts per million (ppm), according to the current commitments by nations. At the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate Change in July, world leaders adopted a 2?C target. ?The pledges on the table will not halt emissions growth before 2040, let alone by 2015 as indicated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and are far from halving emissions by 2050 as has been called for by the Group of 8,? said Niklas Hoehne of Ecofys. ?Instead, global emissions are likely to be nearly double 1990 levels by 2040 based on present pledges.?

World Bank Poll: Majority of People Want Action on Climate Change, Even If It Entails Costs

On December 4, the World Bank released a new poll which found that 88 percent of total respondents and 82 percent of those surveyed from the United States believed their countries should take action against climate change. The poll surveyed 13,518 people from 15 nations - Bangladesh, China, Egypt, France, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Russia, Senegal, Turkey, the United States, and Vietnam. Additionally, majorities in 14 out of 15 countries surveyed, including the United States, agreed that, ?Dealing with the problem of climate change should be given priority, even if it causes slower economic growth and some loss of jobs.? World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development Katherine Sierra said, ?The poll's findings shed light on global attitudes at a particularly important moment: the run-up to the conference on climate change to be held December 7-18 in Copenhagen. Hearing from people in the developing world offers a new lens on this issue.?

IMF: Careful Carbon Pricing Will Not Hurt Economic Recovery

On December 4, an International Monetary Fund (IMF) position paper concluded that the world can address climate change with economically efficient policies without harming the economic recovery. ?The economic crisis does not change the basic climate challenge,? the IMF said. ?Even a serious recession, with prolonged output losses, has limited implications for appropriate mitigation objections.? The IMF's Benjamin Jones and Michael Keen said, ?A cautious shift toward more aggressive carbon pricing (through taxation or tradable emission permits) need not impede recovery.? They warned that suboptimal policies leading to high volatility in the carbon market would hurt the recovery and advocated against the free distribution of emission allowances.

Climate Change to Drive Up to One Billion from Homes

On December 8, an International Organization for Migration (IOM) report forecasted that climate change could cause up to one billion people to leave their homes by 2050. ?Further climate change, with global temperatures expected to rise between 2 and 5?C by the end of this century, could have a major impact on the movement of people,? the report said. IOM also estimated that 20 million people were left homeless in 2008 after environmental disasters. The report concluded that few ?climate refugees? would be able to leave their countries. ?Aside from the immediate flight in the face of disaster, migration may not be an option for the poorest and most vulnerable groups,? it said. Instead, IOM predicted that migrants would move into already crowded cities.

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